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Rural Congregations: A Story of Pain and Promise

Pastor and rural congregation leader Allen Stanton joins the Center for Congregations podcast to discuss the importance of congregations in rural communities. These are top resources on this subject.

Resources

6 Resources
organization
American Community Gardening Association
This organization provides online resources and in-person services for food and gardening, urban forestry, and land preservation.
book
Big Lessons from Little Places: Faithfulness and the Future in Small Congregations
This book argues that small congregations offer relevant lessons appropriate for any size of congregation, and focuses on how a tight-knit community can serve as the perfect foundation for close relationships.
event
Rural Ministry Conference
This conference focuses on educating and empowering prospective and current clergy, for ministry and in general, at rural congregations.
web resource
The Association of Religion Data Archives
This web resource, provided by the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), is the best free website of religious demographic information.
book
Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations
This book explains the unique opportunities of rural ministry, offering strategies to build vibrant congregations.
organization
The Turner Center at Martin Methodist College
This resource hub supports faith leaders in cultivating thriving rural communities. It provides good practices, coaching, and microgrants.

About the Contributor

Contributor
Allen Stanton

Allen T. Stanton is the executive director of the Turner Center at Martin Methodist College, which leads rural congregations in cultivating community and economic development in southern Middle Tennessee. A United Methodist pastor, Stanton previously served a small-membership church in North Carolina.

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